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for change has come. [captioning made possible by nbc universal] chris: barack obama gets propelled out of charlotte. how does it look from here to the first the bait? the two candidates start the final stretch head-to-head with only a slight edge to obama. but it's important according to gallup poll, the one leading at this point usually wins. what's best for hillary? if she hopes to become president, is she better off if the barack obama wins or loses? if she sees the economy taking off, she wants barack obama for another term. if she sees a weak economy ahead, she wants romney to win. trish rebegan with us, a.p.a.j. hunt and politico's john harris. the president didn't say how his sec term would be different. opting instet to rouse the troops. >> our friends down in tampa at the republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with america. all they had to offer is the same precipitations they've had for the last -- presippingses they've had for the last 0 -- prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. deficit too high? tax cut. feel a cold
last weekend of summer and a lot of kids are heading back to school, president obama and the democrats are eparing for their big moment. it is their turn to make their case that the president deserves four more years. their convention opens tomorrow in north carolina, and tonight as thousands of democrats descend on the city of charlotte republicans have already begun their counterattack, asking a question that we've heard before -- are you better off now than you were four years ago? we have two reports tonight beginning in charlotte with our political director and chief white house correspondent who is down there somewhere chuck todd. good evening. >> good evening, kate. while the republican convention was designed to reintroduce the country to mitt romney as a person this democratic convention is getting off to a bit of a defensive start as the obama campaign seems to be struggling with touting improvements to the economy without looking insensitive to the millions still struggling. gathering in charlotte to make the case their economic vision is better for america than the one outl
to take new action to prevent a nasty mess. >>> president obama spends labor day fighting to keep his job, as the democratic national convention prepares to kick off in charlotte, north carolina. >>> good evening, i'm doreen again thes letter. >> i'm jim vance here in charlotte, north carolina, where delegates and convention growers prepare for their big week. take a look at some of the headlines tonight. the delegates are still arriving here in charlotte, arising right now in a huge thunderstorm going on outside. first lady michelle obama, just about an hour ago, was on the podium behind me here practicing for her speech tomorrow. president obama and the vice president were out today campaigning on this labor day. meanwhile, the romney/ryan ticket is trying to stay in the spotlight as much as it can. in the meantime there's a new gallup poll out that does not hold good news for the romney/ryan camp in terms of things that usually happen after a convention. we are going to have much more on charlotte coming up in just a few minutes. tom sherwood is here with a report. doreen, right now, b
.s. and allies will boost their support for the syrian opposition. >>> president obama is campaigning this weekend in florida. he's telling voters that creating more jobs is his top priority right now and he's calling on americans to rally for achievable goals that will lead to new jobs. meanwhile, his newest high profile surrogate is in our area today. mayor castro attended a kickoff yesterday. he was the keynote speaker at the democratic national convention in charlotte earlier this week. he talked about why president obama deserves a second term. >> there's no question that it's a close race in virginia. i believe what's going to tip the scales is president obama's commitment to creating opportunities and economic prosperity. what he has done already, 30 straight months of private sector job growth, 4.5 million new jobs created and what he wants to do in the future. >> mayor castro will be on "meet the press" with david gregory this morning at 10:30 right here on nbc4. >>> mitt romney will be on "meet the press" this morning and he also spent yesterday in virginia. the republican p
michelle obama. >> we must work like never before. >> and bill clinton, just last night. >> you must reelect president barack obama. >> tonight joe biden leads off and then the president makes his case for re-election. 3 f2 >> aquÍ estÁ brian williams. the primetime address by president obama and the beginning really of the final push, when americans wake up tomorrow morning, this election is suddenly 60 days away. now, as you know, the president's surrogates from the first lady to former president bill clinton have laid the groundwork for tonight and shortly we'll hear from vice president joe biden and then, of course, present barack obama. we were not supposed to be in here tonight. we were supposed to be across town in the football stadium. you see it there live, for what was supposed to be an outdoor celebration for upwards of 65,000 people, but the risk of rough weather was too great. it came through here late this afternoon. as of tonight, you can second guess this all evening. jim cantore, where are you when we need you? but as a layman, other than that massive shower to our
organizers announced they're moving president obama's speech indoors tomorrow night, because there's a threat for severe weather. the president was supposed to accept his party's nomination at the outdiet bank of america stadium. the president will now give his speech at the time warner cable area, only people with credentials will be allowed in to see that speech. >>> tonight former president clinton will take the stage, trying to convince voters that the president deserves four more years. steve handlesman has a preview from charlotte. sirchlts president obama arrived in charlotte. he'll give a speech thursday night, in the major convention venue, it's three times larger, but exposed. the chance of rain is 30 to 40%. >> clearly team obama felt that the risks of having this thing drenched in a thunderstorm outweighed the benefits they got in denver from a big outdoor crowd, and clint eastwood shows them what happens when a nomination acceptance speech gets undercut by circumstances. republicans charged democrats just couldn't fill the stadium. >> i think it has more to do with attendance tha
, president obama and mitt romney make their case in ohio. we're headed to the buckeye state next. >>> now we go to campaign 2012, a lot of the focus on ohio today. golfing legend and native son jack nicklaus helped republican mitt romney make the case he's the better presidential candidate. both romney and president obama have made more than a dozen visits to the critical swing state of ohio. >> the people of ohio are going to say loud and clear on november 6th we can't afford four more years. we must do better. >> it looks like mitt romney needs to do better in ohio right now. a new cbs poll finds him trailing the president by 10 points, the lead among women 25 point. president obama also campaigned today in the buckeye state. a quinnipiac university cbs news poll new york sometimes as well has him leading in two other battlegrounds, florida and pennsylvania. >>> coming up on 9news no problem with name recognition, bruce leshan reports from romney, west virginia. >> reporter: i'm bruce leshan in romney, west virginia. this small town may share its name with the republican presidential nomi
michelle obama will also speak. president obama isn't at the convention yet. today he will end his road to charlotte tour in virginia. he is set to speak in norfolk state university. the president spent yesterday in louisiana seeing firsthand the damage hurricane isaac caused last week. he also travelled to the battleground state of ohio where he told steel and auto workers that he saved millions of dollars by bailing out the auto industry. >> i believed in you. i bet on you. i'll make that bet any day of the week. because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for america. >> vice president joe biden hammered home the same point in a rally in another crucial state, michigan. >> paul ryan hoping to steal some of the democrats' thunder as their convention gets under way. the republican vice presidential nominee calm pand yesterday in greenville, north carolina. he told voters this country is worse off now than it was before president obama was elected. >> what do you call president obama four years ago, if you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your own as some
the damage that he found in just four years. >> afterwards, a surprise appearance from president obama, setting the stage for his big moment tonight. rough seas. hurricane leslie gaining strength, as partial remnants of isaac reemerge in the gulf of mexico. and, oops, a building implosion goes off without a hitch until a huge cloud of debris engulfs a crowd of onlookers. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the democratic national convention with matt lauer live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza and savannah guthrie, live in charlotte, north carolina. >> and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning. good morning, i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. >>nd i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, you look at that implosion video. someone clearly for got to do the old which way was the wind going? meanwhile president obama already had a lot of pressure on him with his speech tonight. now he's got a really tough act to folw after what was an enthusiastic and powerful endorsement from former pre
. in ohio, mitt romney likened president obama to a failed football coach. president obama fired back. >> reporter: president obama hit a sports bar in sioux city, iowa. on a tour of swing states before his convention. earlier in urban dale, he asked, did you watch the republican convention? >> don't boo, vote. >> reporter: mr. obama charged an obsolete message. >> there was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices. but nobody ever actually bothered to tell you what they were. they know their economic plan isn't popular. >> romney/ryan. >> reporter: in florida, mitt romney and paul ryan vowed again to tell hard truths. >> we will not duck tough issues or kick the can down the road, we will lead. >> reporter: ryan had been at ohio state on this football saturday. mitt romney in cincinnati, blaming barack obama for america's jobless. >> and again today, 23 million people are out of work or stopped looking for work or underemployed. let me tell you, if you have a coach that's 0-23 million, you say it's time to get a new coach. >> reporter: the current coach claims a winning seaso
. president obama will visit the region tomorrow. >>> new details tonight on the police officer facing assault charges. we now have the surveillance video that led to those charges. the footage was taken from a store in brentwood, maryland. it shows an officer striking a man with his gun. you can see a flash. that's the gun going off. because of this video, corporal donald taylor was charged with second degree assault last month. police say taylor lied about the incident. he said a man attempting to rob a gas station tried to take his gun. the suspect spent four months in jail until prosecutors dropped the charges. we spoke to his attorney. >> when the video contradicts what the officer wrote, what it show ss that my client, they put his face on television, said he committed the crimes and he didn't. >> dorm and his attorney have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the police department and corporal taylor. >>> the political spotlight shifts down to charlotte, north carolina, the site of the democratic national convention. president obama says he will offer a better path forward. the events be
anything in the end. in alexandria, andrea mccarren, 9 news now. >>> on the campaign trail president obama was hanging around the nation's capital. he's got to host some fundraisers. meantime gop opponent mitt romney traveled to pennsylvania to try and sway voters there. romney continued to attack the lack of economic growth under president obama and how it may cause other countries to doubt our country. >> do you understand china's economy is growing at 7 or 8%. russia's economy is growing at 4% and our economy is growing at 1.3%? [ booing ] >> yeah. we're in a very different road than what i think the people of the road expected for the united states of america and if i'm elected president of this country, i will get us back on a road of growth and prosperity and strength. [ cheering and applause ] >> at a fundraiser president obama told his supporters that it will take more than one term for change to happen and he said ronnie's approach for writing off nearly half -- romney's approach for writing off nearly half of the nation will not do that. >>> we'd probably agree there's no good wa
, urging leaders to get out the vote. hello, everybody, i'm bruce johnson. president barack obama has a lead in some swing states. tonight at the washington convention center, michelle obama used her keynote address to the congressional black caucus gala to urge voters to register voters and turn out on election day. >> too many of us choose not to participate. while we are tuning out and staying home on election day, other folks are tuning in. other folks are taking politics very seriously. and they are engaged on every level. >> one of the hot issues at the congressional black caucus event is a protest by some black clergy who are urging african americans to stay at home on election day to protest the president's support for gay marriage. >>> ken picks up the story from here. he's live downtown from the gala at the convention center. ken, what's up? >> reporter: good evening to you, bruce. it's because of that protest that you just talked about that the first lady's comments come at a critical moment for the black community locally and throughout the country. this is of course, f
backing mitt romney questioned president obama's leadership in this crisis. as yet another group of angry muslims attacked another u.s. embassy. like in libya tuesday, anti-american rioting in yemen got out of control, storming the u.s. embassy complex and breaking in before police beat them back. no americans reported hurt. it's the third arab nation racked by protests aimed at the u.s. this was egypt last night. another outburst of anger over the crude anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. but not by the u.s. government, secretary of state clinton tried to make clear about the video today. >> we absolutely reject its content and message. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney, after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership, and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in
. >> reporter: the washington area delegates, everybody in this hall, they're ready to hear obama, and everyone says they want him to come out fighting. >> mr. president, don't worry, we have your back. the torch is burning brightly. >> new york democratic senator charles schumer rallies tired maryland delegates in the final hours before the fall campaign, a fall campaign that's not just about the president's race. >> we have to get people turned out, get ben cardin reelected, pick up some congressional seats, and i think this convention is doing exactly that. >> eyes the race for governor in 2014, but he says that can wait until after 2012. >> you know, working very hard, love the state of maryland, go terps. >> reporter: after two nights of powerful speeches, delegates say the president himself needs to close the deal with voters, looking forward and rebutting criticism of him. >> i think people are still very excited about barack obama, especially when you look at the alternative. >> he's. >> reporter: both barrels smoking, frank smith says. the preliminary rounds are over here, we're now re
, the president, barack obama. >> a crowd of about 6,000 democrats gave president obama a big warm welcome. they were thrilled to see him in person. >> i loved it. i thought it was terrific. >> the president started with a nod to the venue. the potomac nationals baseball stadium and the team they are named after. >> i want to congratulate the washington nationals for bringing playoff baseball to d.c. >> then the candidate got down to business. blasting mitt romney again for that remark about 47% of the population being dependent on government. >> i don't see a lot of victims in this crowd today. i see hard work in virginia. >> one thing that got everybody excited was his rebuttal to mitt romney's latest attack. >> my opponent got excited. he stood up in a rally. proudly declared, i'll get the job done from the inside. what kind of inside job is he talking about? >> mr. obama said when he said you can't change washington from the inside, he was talking about the voters who elected the lawmakers to make changes. >> you're the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and pledged alle
, barack obama! thank you! god bless you. god bless america! >> first lady michelle obama. savannah and i have relocated to the floor. savannah, that was personal, that was emotional, this crowd was silent. they love her. one of the political writers today said her job was to make the country fall in love with her husband all over again. >> telling this deeply personal story about how much she loves her husband she is trying to remind voters why they like her husband. in 2008, nicknamed her the closer. when she went to the stop, she would close the sale. here tonight she has a task as the opener. >> we have heard from the first lady here tonight. you will hear from savannah tomorrow morning on "today." and we hope you will join us tomorrow evening on "nbc nightly news." another day here at the democratic convention in charlotte. those of you in the east and midwest, your late local news begins now. we hope to see you back here tomorrow. for savannah guthrie, our team, i'm brian williams, nbc news. leading news station this is news 4 at 11:00. >>> an olympic figure skater thrown in jail on
away. >>> president obama is getting ready to make his case for a second term. tonight at the democratic national convention, the president will delivers thinks nomination acceptance speech. last night the president surprised the crowd by walking on the stage after bill clinton's rousing address to delegates. the former president said people had a clear choice for the path forward in america. >> if you want a winner take all, you're on your own society, you should support the republican ticket. but if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, that we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. >> tonight the president will make the case for himself. we turn now to jim vance who's live in charlotte this afternoon, where they are getting ready for this big speech tonight. >> reporter: hi, pat, the speech is coming up, but the hottest topic right now might be the weather. i was downstairs where hundreds of delegates were running into the building soaking wet after an absolutely torrential downpour here, but t
clinton presented a lengthy argument last night. president obama will delivered his speech to a much smaller live audience than originally planned, the weather forcing the speech inside. steve handelsman is covering the convention for us. >> reporter:. president obama has been formally renominated. he's gotten a rousing endorsement from the most loved democrat. >> if you want a future of shared prosperitity where the middle classes growing and poverty is declining, you have to vote for barack obama. >> reporter: tonight it's imfor the president to make his own case. >> my main goal i think is to communicate to the american people how we can move forward and create an economy where middle-class families, they've got a shot again. >> reporter: in new hampshire mitt romney says he won't watch the president make new promises. >> i think he wants a promises reset. we want a report on the promises he made. >> reporter: disappointed democrats with tickets to barack obama's canceled stadium speech tonight, tried to get the president's live message to them today on smartphones. >> we can't le
. the obama daughters, first lady have joined him up on stage. savannah, your initial marks on the speech. >> i think we have just heard the 2012 version of hope and change. i was told by an adviser before this speech that it wasn't going to be about barack obama, it wasn't going to be about mitt romney, it would be about the american people. clearly that's the message. he said it's the american people who brought change and at the end he said it's the american people who give him hope. they promised a lot of things. he is clearly trying to reinspire and energize this base. he needs them to turn out to the polls if he wants to win. >> as we said earlier, a little different on the floor of this convention. if you're used to the closing balloon drop, they weren't ready to do this inside, so we're going to have to settle for a lot of confetti here on the floor. as we watch what's taking place on the main stage, let's do a lightning round of all our contributors. chuck todd, take on the pure politics of the speech going into the campaign. >> well, it was clearly what i would call a workman-li
speeches from governor mart ten in o'mal. this is the same honor president obama had at the convention in 2004. first lady michelle obama will also speak tonight. president obama is not in charlotte for the convention just yet. today he will be in virginia forthfinal stop on his road to charlotte tour. the president will speak this morning at norfolk state university. he was in charlottesville last week to campaign part of a tour of college towns in battleground states. the president will speak at the dnc thursday night. >> if you are willing to work with me. if you're willing to work even harder in this election. then i promise you, i promise you, i promise you change will come. >> republican national committee is launching the web ad to coincide with the start of the convention. the ad compares speeches president obama gave this year to speeches me made four years ago. republicans say it proves the president has broken his promise to a improve our economy. >>> you may not know it but the polls just opened for thousands of voters in northern virginia. there's a special election there
michelle obama makes her pitch for a second term for her husband. >>> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this wednesday, september 5th, 201. live look outside at 5:00 a.m. 77 lucky degrees. felt like a wall of humidity. walk right into it. >> whoosh. >> he felt the air. >> i walked right through it, too. >> cooled him off. >> he must have spritzed himself before hand. >> wow, yes, in the car. >> yeah. we've got a better chance of seeing rain throughout the area today. unfortunately, and then the other thing, too, the other part of story is that higher temperatures, too, around today, tomorrow, and friday. taking you back to 1:00 a.m. this morning. a few showers around front royal. those who made their way off to the north and east, really falling apart if you're around baltimore, we've got more rain that sits back in west virginia. the other side of i-81. that's what's going to slowly be making its way eastward throughout the morning. i think by the time we get to mid morning, 8:00, 9:00 a.m., we will see those showers here locally and again
months. >>> we are now less than two months until the presidential election, and both president obama and mitt romney are raising big bucks. the latest numbers show the president outraised romney in august, bringing in $114 million. the republican nominee raised $111 million. he had outraised president obama in the three previous months. despite the president's advantage in august, it was the third straight month that romney raised more than $100 million. romney will be in ohio today, another crucial state that could decide the election. he talked to david gregory in an exclusive interview on meet the press yesterday. he told gregory, if elected, he plans to repeal and replace obama's health care law, but he added he would keep parts of that law that he thought would help americans. >> there are a number of things i like in health care reform that i would put in place. one is to make sure that those with prexwiexisting conditions get coverage. two is to allow people to have policies that cover their families to whatever age they like. and also allow individuals to buy health insurance
likes part of president obama's health care reform. we're going to tell you the key provisions he'd keep around >>> today marked one of the deadliest days in remairaq this year. more than 90eople have been killed across 19 cities, more than 360 wounds. the violence included several shootings and car bombings. iraq's government is blaming al-qaeda in iraq. >>> prince harry has finished his first round of training during his deployment in afghanistan. tomorrow, pribs will start training on the apache helicopter. officials say he didn't want royal treatment during this mission. he'll be in as much danger as any other member of the the military. his first tour was in 2008. up next, mitt romney reveals which part of health care reform he'd actually keep around and he'd actually keep around and chuck's talking about what could anncr: it'll start out as concrete and steel... but it'll become so much more. a new world-class resort casino in prince george's county. two thousand construction jobs to build it. four thousand permanent, good-paying jobs when it's done. hundreds of millions for maryla
. he's now trailing the president in three swing states. >>> president obama goes on late night television and attacks comments mitt romney made about 47% of americans who don't pay income tax. >> if you want to be president you have to work for everybody not just for some. >> back to school. chicago teachers are heading back to the classroom today after voting to end their first strike in 25 years. >>> a religious scholar unveils evidence that jesus may have had a wife. this is the cbs "this morning" news for wednesday september 19, 2012. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning mitt romney continues to deal with short fallout over those comments he made in which he said over half of all americans believe they are victims. romney addressed the issue last night. he's not backing down. romney said government should not take from some to give to others. on the tape romney also talked about the chances of peace in the middle east. he said the palestinians don't want peace and are committed to the elimination of israel. >> we have a potentially v
accepting his party's nomination, president obama is campaigning in new hampshire. he acknowledged room for improvement while putting a positive spin on the economy. >> business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. that's not good enough. we know it's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> reporter: the unemployment rate has been above 8% for 43 consecutive months. it dipped slightly last month, as many people stopped looking for work. in iowa, republican presidential candidate mitt romney used those numbers to attack obama's record. >> he said by this time we would be at 5.4% unemployment. instead we're about 8%. you know the difference that that makes? 9 million people. >> reporter: two sides to one report that's sure to have voters talking. economists say 200,000 new jobs need to be created a month to lower of the unemployment rate. on capitol hill, i'm danielle lee, news4. >>> and rom ann romney came to leesburg, and sat down with julie carey for a one-on-one chat. she shares her opinion on how her husband and the obamas fared. that's coming up in our
. >>> what this child wanted to ask prince harry. stay with us >>> right now, president obama is on his way to norfolk. the president will speak at norfolk state university this morning. his final stop on his road to charlotte tour. the president will speak at the dnc thursday night. the convention begins today, though. martin o'malley and first lady michelle obama will be two of the featured speakers tonight. tracie potts has a preview of the opening day of the dnc. >> reporter: last night president obama told hurricane victims -- >> nobody is a democrat or a republican and we're all just americans. >> reporter: but not in charlotte this week he'll accept the democratic nomination for president thursday. >> now, on thursday night i'm going to off aer you what i believe is a better path forward. >> reporter: tonight, we hear from michelle obama. she checked out the stage monday. >> she's going to talk about the president that she knows, the husband she married and, of course, the father to her children. >> reporter: maryland's governor and san antonio, texas, mayor also speak tonight. castr
up tonight with a speech from president obama. he'll officially accept his party's nomination at time warner cable arena in charlotte. the president was supposed to speak at a much larger football stadium, but organizers moved it to the arena because of a threat for bad weather. legates officially renominated president obama for president yesterday. and they'll do the same with vice president joe biden today. the vice president got a quick walk-through about four hours ago at 1:00 a.m., once the delegates left. 'll speak tonight and accept the vice presidential nomination shortly before the president takes the stage. former president bill clinton says he is confident barack obama will win a second term. >> i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job! >> clinton officially renominated president obama last night. he told delegates that the president has taken steps, the crucial first steps toward an economic recovery, and he is the right man to finish the job. >> he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, h
obama arrived in charlotte, but the threat of strong storms has forced organizers to move tomorrow's speech from the bank of america stadium to the much smaller time warner cable arena. >>> former president bill clinton speaking tonight hoping to convince voters president obama deserves a second term. >>> mick obama spoke directly to a very important group of voters, women. jim vance has more. >> reporter: many people are disappointed in the change in venue. not incidentally, many of them are women, and the women's vote is very important to the democrats this year. tom sherwood is here with more on that particular story. tom? >> this convention requires an equal balance of men and women as delegates. women here are a gig focus of this convention. whether it's 23irs lady michelle obama or women's fair pay national advocate lily ledbetter. >> women have faced discrimination, like i did, now can get their day in court. >> reporter: or thousands of female delegates. the democratic party is trying to exploit and expand polls that shows a gender gap with women favorite president obama ov
and that has to focus on the 5% of the voters undecided. president obama appeared on david letterman last night and said the president needs to be the leader of all americans including that 47%. >>> a new quinnipiac university poll says mitt romney is losing grounds in the states that are most likely to decide this election. in colorado president obama is now leading which is a change from august which mitt romney had a five-point lead there. in virginia and wisconsin president obama has extended his lead in both of those states. beyond the polls' margin of error. >>> less than 50 days left in the presidential campaign and the attack ads between president obama and mitt romney heating up. each campaign has been airing tv ads making claims about the other. >> how accurate are the claims? gary nurenberg checked a few of the ads for accuracy. ga. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> he keeps saying it. >> this president cannot tell us he's better off today than when we took office. >> reporter: the ad compares statistics from 2008 and from now. >> 30 months of private sector job grow
yesterday when protesters attacked the us kons late. president obama shared his condolences. >> today, we mourn four more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waiver in the commitment to see justice is done. make no mistake, justice will be done. >>> meanwhile, we are learning more about the attack. melissa is live with more. >> hey, keith. since the deaths, the president ordered increased security. as many as 200 marines could be sent to libya to bolster security. >> 52-year-old jay christopher steven z was a career diplomat. he was assigned earlier this year. he served two tours in libya running the office in benghazi against gadhafi. he once worked as an international trade here in washington. a large mob stormed the consulate with automatic weapons firing at the building before burning it to the ground. stevens was found in a small room where he was taking cover. he and three others killed after they came back to help with evacuations. neighboring egypt scaled the walls, tearing down and burning the american flag. libyan officials held a p
day. president obama got a bit of a surprise during a visit to a florida pizzeria. the owner, 46-year-old scott manduzer, was so excited to see the president, he gave him a great big bear hug, lifted him off the ground. he's a registered republican, believe it or not. the president ordered several pies and threw a pizza party for a local campaign office. i did read he cleared it with the secret service before he picked up the president of the united states. >> i was wondering about that. >>> as the days tick down to the general election, both president obama and mitt romney bringing in big bucks. the president slightly outraised romney in august, bringing in $114 million. the republican nominee raised $111 million. he had outraised president obama in the three previous months. this was the third straight month romney raised more than $100 million. >>> congress will return to work offer a five week vacation. lawmakers head back to capitol hill with a laundry list of bills to consider. topping the list is the bush era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year. the other is a farm bi
. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney. after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership. and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, for anyone who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in libya, the fbi is just starting an investigation. besides the four murders, and the riots faced by president obama, there's the bloody rebellion in syria. and new pressure on the u.s. from israel to get tougher on iran over nuclear weapons. republicans are implying president obama is wavering. >> this is a moment for americans to show our closest allies in the middle east that we stand with them unequivocally, unequivocally, no mixed signals. >> reporter: the middle east suddenly a factor in the race for the white house. prior to the current crisis, the nbc news "wall street journal" poll found president obama had a significant advantage over mi
needs help. >> lesli. >>> even president obama says it is time for the regular referees to get back on the job. he made the remark today following the questionable call by those replacement refs last night that gave the seattle seahawks the game. bruce johnson sampled some opinion from around town today. >> they need to do something about them. >> i think they are terrible. >> we couldn't find a single fan who agreed with the replacement referees and the nfl that seattle won last night's game with the touchdown reception as time ran out. >> was it an interception or a touchdown? >> it was an interception. >> got these kidergarden guys out here making the calls. >> former redskins defensive end, dexter manley. >> everyone in this country -- you could see the fan bases there. i think it's going to really hurt football. >> very few other people we talk with today said they will stop watching football. you feel for the victims. the players, but you are going to tune in. you are going to slow up to watch to see how it all turns out. >> so yeah, it's not necessarily good publici
to vote this november. >> president obama saying our challenges can be met as he pushes for a second term in office. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday, september 7th, 2012. 5:00 a.m., 72 degrees. and it is a touch cooler, feels like the humidity, you know, kind of went down just a little bit. >> had the windows down coming in this morning. >> look at you. >> that's brave. >> well, today, fairly confident we're going to get into the upper 80s to around 90 degrees. summer's last gasp because this weekend we're going to see fall move in. there you go. >> love it. >> taste of fall this weekend. it's, you know, about time, right? this is the time of year. the average temperature, around mid september is, in fact, upper 70s. right now we've got 72 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. a wind that's calm. humidity at 87% right now. take a look at the satellite and the radar over the last couple of hours. those storms that moved through yesterday. those are way off the coast of north carolina now. we've got just a few clouds ou
. >>> mitt romney and president obama both campaigned in virginia yesterday. >> both men today are getting ready for the first presidential debate. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: early voting began in iowa thursday morning and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president obama's team is feeling confident that most of these early votes will be for the president. >> this many people this early in the morning really shows that there's strong support here in iowa for the president. >> reporter: but on thursday both candidates were in another battleground state. >> howis it going, virginia beach? >> reporter: president obama talked to voters in southern virginia. >> growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> reporter: while mitt romney talked with veterans about looming cuts to the military in the northern part of the state. >> 136,000 jobs will be lost in virginia as a result of this move. >> reporter: the candidates will spend time this weekend preparing for next week's debate ahead of the faceoff in denver, both campaigns seemed to be trying to lower ex
in the libya attack, president obama sent a signal to the world. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. >> reporter: the anti-american protests are cooling off. >> he has coddled and appeased those who want to do us harm. >> reporter: the political rhetoric here at home is as heated as ever. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> back leer in the district, an overnight shooting left a man fighting for his life at this hour. happened earlier this morning in the 1200 block of 12th street not far from navy yard. police arrived to find two men shot. the other man was still alert. he's expected to be okay. no one's been arrested. >>> a deadly drug resistant super bug killed another patient at the national institutes of health. it's called club cie l.a. a. seven dies as a direct result of the infection. more recently, a minnesota boy who had complications from a bone marrow transplant died, ard cou -of-according to the "weekend update," th update," -- "washington post," this is the first one. >>> lauren gidings found dead last year in georgia shortly after graduating f
, to the race for the white house after falling behind the last few months. president obama's reelection campaign raised more money last month. the president raised $114 million last month compared to $111 million for romney. it's a big jump. the romney campaign, meanwhile, raised at least a hundred million dlarsz three months in a row. that campaign has more cash headed into the final two months of the campaign. >>> he is the bear-hugging pizza shop owner who's been all over your tv the last 24 hours. the man who lifted president obama off the ground at a campaign stop in florida says he just got caught in the moment. anduza says he just couldn't contain himself. >> he says if i eat your pizza, will i get as big as you? he was feeling my guns, i was feeling his and he gave me a hug and i gave him a bigger hug. >> in case you were wondering, the whole thing was cleared through secret service ahead of time. >> vice president in ohio yesterday. this is an a.p. photo of the vice president talking with a female biker inside a diner. although it may appear, she is not on the vice president's
of the democratic national convention tonight. president obama will make his kay for re-election this week. v jim vance is in charlotte, north carolina tonight. >> reporter: delegates are on the streets of charlotte enjoying all this city has to offer. tomorrow they get down to the business of making news instead of reacting to it as the governor has been doing for a couple of days. on sunday the governor says americans are not better off than they were four years ago. and today he offered what's called a clarification. >> can you honestly say people are better off today than four years ago? >> no but that's not the question of this election. >> we are better as a country because we are creating jobs rather than losing them. >> reporter: others in maryland today are looking beyond state borders in order to help in this election. tom sherwood has more on that story. >> reporter: everyone knows virginia is a toss up state. maryland says it can help. as a workman hosted the maryland state flag in charlotte, delegates were not just thinking about their state. most agree it's solidly democratic. but n
are getting ready for their convention. what does president obama need to do to get the upper hand in the upcoming election? "meet the press" moderator david gregory joined us earlier today. he believes the president will attack mitt romney's vague ideas on how to improve the economy. >> talking to the president's advisers really what they want to do is be more specific. i think where they'll attack governor romney is, you know, that he went on the offensive against president obama, but didn't give the american people a road map for how he's going to usher in a better economy. i think that'll be the big attack line. >> the president will be looking for a bump from the convention. new polls from the rasmussen reports show that mitt romney is ahead of president obama 47-44%. just five days ago, the two were tied in this poll. similar shift happened in battle ground states. rasmussen polled voters in 11 swing states and showed romney and president obama are tied. the president is leading by four points five days ago. the republican national convention could explain the recent bump whi
is expected to be first lady michelle obama. president obama was out campaigning today. he was in norfolk, virginia, and he said he's going to go home tonight and he's going to watch michelle obama's speech with his daughters. he said he might tear up a little bit because that's what he always does when he sees her speak. earlier today tim kaine was out and about doing a little politicking in favor and in honor and in pursuit of his senate seat that he'd like to get from george allen. tom sherwood is here now with more on that story. tom? >> jim, everybody knows tim kaine is in a tough race. he knows it. he's trying to rally the troops. >> former governor and future united states senator, tim kaine! >> reporter: former virginia governor tim kaine welcomed by the party faithful in charlotte tuesday telling a boisterous crowd he and his republican senate opponent george allen had been tied in the polls for yearly a year. closer than the presidential race. >> isn't it great to be a battleground state? virginia really matters, folks. we really matter. we're going to see a lot of focus and a l
president obama and republican challenger mitt romney will campaign in new hampshire today. this afternoon the president will speak at a museum in port smith and then travel to an event at the university of iowa. mitt romney will attend a ramally in new hampshire. his campaign also plans to release more than a dozen new television commercials today. >>> four minutes after the hour. president obama tried to rally his base as the campaign transitions into a new phase. he spoke to a rousing crowd at the democratic national convention last night. the president outlined his accomplishments over the last four years. he also tried to show some contrast on hot button issues like the economy and health care for seniorses. . >> i will never turn medicare into a voucher. no american should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the care and the dignity that they have earned. >> news4's jim vance was also at the convention. he has more on the challenge ahead for democratic delegates. >> the convention is over. the delegates have gone home. de
and shared responsibility, we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. >> and presidential pitch. former president bill clinton fires up the democratic convention and lays out why he believes president obama should get four more years. good morning and welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> and good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. if you didn't stay up to watch former president clinton's speech, you may be dragging from catching the start of the football season. two redskins rivals duked it out. the nfl season officially under way now. a bit later, we'll have the highlights and a look ahead to the redskins' first game. >> we're enjoying watching the cowboys win. first though at 6:00 a.m., cloudy skies, muggy out there. when you think of football, you think of cool, fall temperatures. not happening today, but it's coming. >> it's coming. >> it's coming. going to be a hot one today, though. >> yeah. we're advertising the cool because of the heat that we're going to have today, too and some showers out there, too, right now, big-time storms around dover,
, president obama will get an up close look at the devastation. he will travel to louisiana today to meet with officials. last week he declared federal emergencies in parts of the emergency including the region and mississippi. he wanted to speed up federal aid. janet napolitano and gop presidential candidate mitt romney have also visited the area in the past few days. and even though isaac is long gone, its impact is still being felt for millions across the gulf coast. the storms are responsible for at least seven deaths in the region. hundreds of thousands are still without power, including more than 200,000 in louisiana. on top of all of this damage the army corps of engineers is looking at whether the levees installed after hurricane katrina caused flooding in other areas. >> going to put this system up, which is a good thing. it's a good thing. it stopped the city from flooding. it's a good thing. we're not going to worry about where we're pushing the water. >> it would have reduced flooding in other places. >> well, the corps of engineers said it will run a variety of computer model
to you. >> thanks, danella. >> the deer family? all right! >>> tonight, president obama will finally take center stage at the democratic national convention. he's going to accept his party's nomination. the speech will take place inside the time warner cable arena instead of the 74,000-seat football stadium where the president was originally supposed to speak. organizers made that decision because of the threat of bad weather. delegates officially renominated obama last night. they're scheduled to nominate joe biden for a second term as vice president today. >>> former president bill clinton officially made the nomination of president obama for re-election last night. clinton brought delegates to their feet during a four-page speech that lasted 50 minutes last night in charlotte. seldom on script, he disputed republican claims that the country is worse off now than it was when president obama took office. >> when president barack obama took office, the economy was in free fall, it had just struck 9.4% of gdp. we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. are redoing better than that today? the ans
200,000 a month are needed. >>> last night president obama acknowledged his failings and accomplishments, but he vowed the country's problems can be solved and the challenges met. >> yes, our path is hard, but it leads to a better place. yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. we don't turn back, we leave no one behind, we pull each other up. we draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes. >> the president began the speech by accepting the democratic party's nomination for a second term. >>> while her husband campaigned in iowa today, ann romney was doing the same in northern virginia. she hosted a rally in leesburg, courting the all-important women's vote. >> reporter: next first lady of the united states, i present to you ann romney. >> reporter: ann romney was back in her element. women for mitt rally was held at a riding stable. the horsewoman clearly appreciated the setting. >> i should tell you i feel right at home because i'm in a barn. >> from returning watching her horse in the olympics, ann romney hasn't had much time for rid
will be in our area. he'll hold a rally in fairfax. today president obama will be in nevada a day after mitt romney was there. the president will hold a rally in las vegas this evening. nevada is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested states this election year. a poll shows romney and obama essentially tied in the silver state. romney spoke at the national guard convention in reno yesterday. >>> major credit agency moody's is warning it may downgrade the u.s. credit rating if the government fails to avoid the fiscal cliff at the epd of the year. that's the expiration of the bush tax cuts plus tax increases and spending cuts that will automatically take place as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. lower ratings means the government may have to pay higher interest rates on some of its $16 trillion debt. >>> on wall street investors are hoping for another day like yesterday. the dow closed at a five-year high. it ended the day at 13,323. that's its highest closing level since december of 2007. expectations on europe's financial crisis at a federal reserve meeting gave stocks a b
. >> reporter: one day after accepting his party's nomination, president obama is campaigning in new hampshire. he acknowledged room for improvement, while putting a positive spin on the economy. >> this once again has added job -- we know it's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> reporter: the unemployment rate has been above 8% for 43 -- it dipped slightly last month as many people stopped looking for work. in iowa, republican presidential candidate mitt romney used those numbers to attack obama's job records. >> the president said by this time we would be at 5.4% unemployment. 5.4%. instead we're at about 8%. you know the difference that makes and how many people would be working in america? 9 million people. >> reporter: two sides to one rot that's sure to have voters talking. i'm danielle lee, nbc news. >>> when "news4 at 4" continues, police say they know who's responsible for a terror hoax that grounded a plane and led to an innocent man's arrest. how it all began with a romantic rumsfeldry. >>> plus a moment at the video music awards you didn't see. it still has ever
. republicans drive home to voters that president obama lost half a billion on solyndra. the impasse over hiking taxes on the rich, that if not settled, could raise everyone's rates january 1st, and trigger huge defense and social service cuts. the fiscal cliff is getting put off until after election day. the farm bill will help with the drought, is partially postponed because republicans are pushing for a cut in food stamps. >> the american people are asking to balance this budget. >> reporter: each side blames the other. >> for people outside and out of work, they're astonished by the fact that this congress won't do anything and seems content to kick the can down the road. >> reporter: so what might get passed before the election. nearly one of those short-term stop gap spending bills, to keep government going past september 30th. later this week, house members plan to adjourn so they could go home and run for re-election. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, capitol hill. >>> good to see you. >> whoa, we are lerj more about that pizza parlor owner down in florida who swept president obama off his
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